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All Republicans (including the local delegation, but except Murkowski) and two DINOs sign brief calling on Supreme Court to overturn Roe vs. Wade

Washington, DC — Almost all of the Republicans in the House and Senate and two House Democrats signed a brief today calling on the US Supreme Court to take away basic civil rights to bodily autonomy.

The brief has 207 known members of the House and Senate, but is likely to include 15 of the 16 Senate Republicans who have not signed it. With the exception of Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), all of the Republicans are expected sign on to the brief.

These are the men and women who do not have one iota of respect for a pregnant person’s rights. Most of the signees are up for re-election on November 3. Remove them from power before they destroy America.

Feel free to rage at the brief.

The South Carolina Senate is trying to push through an unconstitutional total ban on abortion with unprecedented out-of-session move

Columbia — If the GOP is in charge, chances are there’s always something sneaky going on.

Case in point: the South Carolina Senate. Read the rest of this entry »

Spartanburg quack wants to punish pregnant people with jail time for having abortions

Spartanburg — The genie is out of the bottle.

Robert Jackson, a quack who runs his own business in Spartanburg, wrote an op-ed for the Spartanburg Herald-Journal on Sunday calling for a total ban on all abortions and contraceptives and for prosecuting people who possess birth control and people who seek abortions. Read the rest of this entry »

Meet Josiah Magnuson, the man who wants government to control all South Carolinians with personhood bill

Columbia — The 2019 legislative session is upon us and it is not good news at all for anyone who cares about liberty.

Already, a Campobello Republican, Josiah Magnuson, prefiled a bill that would basically turn pregnant people into the property of the state of South Carolina.

Speaking to the Spartanburg GOP earlier this month, he said, “The Personhood Act will define life at conception so that all humans are protected under state law, regardless of age.”

The bill would, much like Ohio’s recently vetoed bill, prosecute women for having abortions and miscarriages.

As Vicki Ringer tweeted, there are a quartet of Dems cosponsoring this unconstitutional bill.

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What part of get the government out of women’s lives do these arrogant politicians like Magnuson not understand?

What part of “Stop the Bans” do South Carolina politicians not get?

When will people who can not get pregnant stop trying to dictate pregnant people’s lives?

Pregnant people’s lives matter far more than that of a fetus. And furthermore, South Carolina was recently named the Worst State to Be a Woman.

Yes. The Worst State to Be a Woman due to anti-choice laws like this one.

These busybodies need to mind their own business. Kill this bill in the upcoming session on January 8, 2019!

Republicans call for special order to ban second trimester abortions

Columbia — The party of big intrusive government is at it again in the state legislature.

This time, the Republicans want to ban abortions in the second trimester.

According to Planned Parenthood South Atlantic South Carolina president Vicki Ringer, the GOP called for a special order on H. 3548, a bill that passed the House under regular rules in the winter because the GOP hates women.

Imagine if these arrogant politicians dictated to doctors how to perform open heart surgery or a colonoscopy, both of which are much more dangerous for women than abortion.

And conservatives ever wonder why no self-respecting woman will ever vote for them.

Let’s send H. 3548 to its graveyard. Call your state Senator or text 50409 to the Resistbot to find your state Senators and demand they vote no on H. 3548!

South Carolina House introduces bill to ban Medicaid patients from receiving health care

Columbia — The South Carolina House of Representatives have introduced another bill that would essentially ban Medicaid patients from receiving any kind of health care.

The bill is known as H. 4491, and it defunds the only health care provider in the state that accepts Medicaid patients, Planned Parenthood. If H. 4491 is passed into law, there will be absolutely no alternatives for Medicaid patients in South Carolina for health care.

Vicki Ringer, the director of Planned Parenthood South Atlantic South Carolina, writes:

Attention : major announcement for tomorrow morning March 7 th :
Friends, the House Judiciary Subcommittee is holding a hearing tomorrow morning at 9 am in Room 516 of the Blatt Building on the State House grounds (it’s between the Gressette Building and Pendleton Street). The bill is H. 4491 which prevents patients on Medicaid from coming to abortion clinics for pap smears, breast exams, birth control, STD testing and treatment, cancer screenings and other health care. This is the “defund Planned Parenthood” bill.

It has absolutely no impact on the number of abortions performed because state and federal law already prohibit funding for abortion. And though the bill says it affects abortion clinics, Planned Parenthood is the only one affected because we’re the only one which accepts Medicaid.

We really need people who will testify so we can fill the agenda and perhaps slow down a vote or prevent a vote tomorrow.

You don’t need any facts or statistics. Just talk about how politicians are interfering with women’s health care choices, taking away women’s option to go to an already trusted health care provider, making it more difficult for low income women to seek care, hurting women over and over again. It’s getting really tiring having to constantly defend our basic rights to care. Legislators have decided that they haven’t punished us enough this year.

Please come tomorrow and show your support AGAIN for our reproductive rights in SC.

Please forward this to all your networks and contacts. Share on social media. Post on Facebook. Let’s fill the room again!

Thank you so much!

Vicki

With the state being much worse off now than it was in 1986, waging a War on South Carolina Women is what this crooked conservative state does best.

November 6, where are you?

h/t Elaine Cooper

Florida pro-life terrorist denied parole

Tallahassee — An American pro-life terrorist was denied parole today and he will not be eligible again for parole for 25.5 more years.

Michael Griffin was denied parole after numerous people – including Dr. David Gunn’s son – spoke at the hearing.

David Gunn Junior, who now is more than twice the age he was when his father was assassinated in Pensacola on March 10, 1993, sent this statement to the Daily Kos’s Ann Rose:

“Awesome news from Tallahassee. Florida law dictates their parole commission to set presumptive parole release dates for all inmates with parole eligible sentences. The presumptive date does not mean parole or release. Today, the parole board set a presumptive parole date of 2043 for Michael Griffin. Griffin, 56, will be 82; however, based on the statements of the commissioners, it seems likely the state will never grace Griffin with parole as they all indicated he was a danger to others and his parole could be seen as an influential to others (as it would have been) to act as he did. Though there is another hearing in seven years, the max they can delay a rehearing under FL law, the state’s decision signals they have no inclination to parole this repugnant and unrepentant terrorist. My family thanks everyone who helped make the hearing a success.”

Gunn Senior’s assassination was the 27th terrorist attack on abortion clinics, and the first terrorist attack overall in the presidency of Bill Clinton.

Griffin’s next parole hearing date is now on March 9, 2043 – the day before what would be the 50th anniversary of the terrorist acts he committed against Dr. Gunn.

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Trump gets rid of Obama-era rules on birth control – meaning bosses can legally ax women for simply possessing birth control pills

Washington, DC – Women can now be legally fired from their jobs simply for possessing birth control after the Trump Administration today nixed a rule about birth control that former President Obama had enacted five years ago.

Rewire’s Christine Grimaldi shared on Twitter a piece of the new rule the Trump Administration posted at 11:00 EDT.

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The rules that the Obama administration had enacted also allowed women to get birth control for little to no cost. That too, is gone, as of today, meaning that the price of birth control is about to skyrocket.

And if Trump, Trent Franks and Lindsey Graham have their way, women would also be prosecuted and jailed for up to five years simply for possession of birth control pills.

This is not about religious liberty or the “unborn” folks. This, as well as the proposed 20-week ban on abortion that passed the House on Tuesday, is about one thing and one thing only: A government takeover of women’s bodies and lives.

Henry McMaster punishes women further by forcing medical facilities to stop working with abortion providers

Columbia — Donald Trump’s closest ally in South Carolina, Henry McMaster, signed an executive order punishing the state’s women further.

The executive order requires state run medical facilities to cease doing business of any kind with abortion providers.

The state earlier ended its reimbursements to Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood swiftly slammed the out of touch governor:

“Planned Parenthood South Atlantic has provided annual exams, birth control, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and lifesaving cancer screenings- such as clinical breast exams and Pap tests- to women, men and young people in South Carolina for over 50 years.

Planned Parenthood does not receive Title X funding or any other grants through the state of South Carolina. We do serve patients who rely on Medicaid for their insurance, and provide basic healthcare to men and women who participate in the state health insurance plan.

Given this clear-cut information, today’s executive order issued by Governor McMaster is simply a political stunt. While he spends taxpayers’ time and money on scoring political points, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic will continue to focus on providing the wide-range of accessible, affordable health care services that our patients, and his constituents, rely on.”

The 2015 World Series champions are promoting blatant misogyny in front of their female fans

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Kansas City, Mo. — One surefire way to get women to boycott a team is by promoting blatant misogyny.

The Kansas City Royals are partnering up with the Vitae Foundation, an organization known for is misogyny all across Kansas and Missouri. The group, as the women’s rights organization UltraViolet noted, is known for manipulating and lying to women who seek abortions, and promoting extreme anti-choice propaganda. Vitae’s deceptive ads are so grotesque that one Kansas City area radio station actually had the decency to do what is right – remove the ads and ban the group’s ads from its station.

However, that’s not stopping the Royals. The 2015 World Series champions have signed up to broadcast the Vitae ads at games and over the airwaves on as many as 59 radio stations.

Women who are fans of baseball are enraged over this and are already planning to boycott the Royals.

UltraViolet has a petition in an attempt to diffuse this situation, which threatens to get volatile.

Sign the petition and call on the Royals to cease advertising with Vitae.

Pure, unadulterated evil shown in this picture as US Senate votes to defund Planned Parenthood

mike pence smiles as he breaks tie to destroy women's rights

This so-called Vice President is pure evil scum.

Washington, DC — Evil won again today in the US Senate as Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote to defund Planned Parenthood and allow US States to do the same.

This vote came 8.5 weeks after the extremely important Women’s March protesting against this very stuff.

All Republicans, except for the vulnerable Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, voted for the big government power grab. No Democrats, not even DINO Joe Manchin (W.Va.), voted in favor of this proposal.

Trump has promised to sign this bill, which was rammed through via the Congressional Review Act.

10 times Megyn Kelly was no Shero — Dr. Jen Gunter

Megyn Kelly interviewed Newt Gingrich on the subject of Donald Trump’s alleged groping. Gingrich didn’t seem to understand that the character of the Presidential candidate is an issue or that Bill Clinton isn’t running for President. It ended with Gingrich accusing Kelly of being sex obsessed and Kelly telling Gingrich he had some anger management […]

via 10 times Megyn Kelly was no Shero — Dr. Jen Gunter

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